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There are several locally grown foods kids will gobble up fresh — apples, carrots, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers are just a few! But, if you’re looking for recipes kids are bound to enjoy, you’ve come to the right place.

Select the "Right" Recipe

Annette Derouin of Willmar Public Schools spent hours reading recipe books and searching the Internet for appropriate recipes that she could “scale up” for foodservice. You can reap the rewards of her efforts and other Minnesota schools by using the quantity and home recipes that are within each of the featured Minnesota farm to school foods. Annette used the following criteria to identify appropriate farm to school recipes for her district:

Featured Recipes

In addition to the quantity and home recipes available within each of the featured Minnesota farm to school foods, try these farm to school recipes from foodservice directors across the state:

Chicken Chow Mein with Boy Choy (23 K PDF)

Beets n Sweets (16 K PDF)

Make Your Own Chow Mein Sauce (9 K PDF)

Cold Beet Salad (112 K PDF)

Barbecued Chicken (466 K PDF)

Mexicali Corn (550 K PDF)

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes (61 K PDF)

Cranberry Sauce (9 K PDF)

Vegetable Chili (575 K PDF)

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread (10 K PDF)

Beet and Orange Salad (9 K PDF)


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Other Recommended Resources

Recipes for Healthy Kids ChallengeUSDA Team Nutrition — This cookbook includes a collection of kid-approved recipes that can be incorporated into the National School Lunch Program.

Now We’re CookingMinnesota Department of Health — Collection of simple scratch recipes that have been tested in Minnesota cafeterias for student acceptability, cost and ease of preparation. From Turkey Sloppy Joes to a Spring Salad Mix, any school can add variety, good nutrition and great taste by adding one or more of these recipes.

Large Quantity RecipesUSDAs Mixing Bowl — Search by course, cuisine, nutrition focus, and meal component.

Menus that MoveOhio Department of Education — A set of seasonal cycle menus to help schools serve tasty meals that fit within the United States Department of Agriculture’s new meal guidelines.

Fresh from the Farm: The Massachusetts Farm to School CookbookMassachusetts Department of Education — This book of forty-five recipes was designed to make it easier to turn out tasty dishes using farm-fresh produce that kids will really eat.

Vermont Farm to School: A Guide to Using Local Foods in SchoolsVermont FEED — Includes seasonal recipes and menu ideas.

The Lunch Box: Healthy ToolsVermont FEED — Packed with solutions, use any of these free tools to transform your school food into healthy and delicious food for all children, at every school.

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